Apple reportedly eying Northern Virginia for new campus

At the Apple Park headquarters in Cupertino California.                  James Martin  CNET

They are hiring approximately 1,000 employees before making and transitioning to a 300-acre campus in the southern part of Research Triangle Park. However, that does not necessarily mean that North Carolina is the underdog in the bid to attract Apple. Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook is said to have held some meetings with North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper last weekend about the possibility of Apple bringing its new campus to the state.

The location of Apple's proposed new headquarter has been speculated upon, with North Carolina and Northern Virginia emerging as the two most likely candidates. Cook earned his MBA from Duke University in 1988 and is quite familiar with the area. It is a place where Amazon is also thinking about its new campus.

North Carolina was first tipped as a possible location for the new Apple campus on Tuesday. Where Amazon has been overt with its plans, leading to many public subsidy offers from states, and some protests from local residents, Apple is being far more secretive and has only promised to announce new plans for its future investment in us facilities later this year. That's in contrast to Amazon's search for a second headquarters, which issued an open request for proposals. "We're not doing a beauty-contest kind of thing", CEO Tim Cook recently told Recode's Kara Swisher.

The governor's office declined to comment, saying, "We do not share information about economic development projects before they are final". The company also is expected to spend $900 million to $1 billion on a new data center in Catawba County, where it already has a facility.

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Economic development officials are said to have proposed several potential sites for the facility, which could stretch to as much as 4 million square feet - nearly half again as large as Apple Park. Numerous first new hires at the facility will be call center workers.

Northern Virginia may also be a candidate, according to the Washington Post.

North Carolina's incentive deal is said not to include any upfront grant money to the world's largest company. Interestingly, "many of the jobs would be high-tech research and development jobs", the report says, suggesting that Apple expects to expand the site beyond its initially noted technical support functions.